Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Issues RFP for Energy Efficient Refrigeration Program

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The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is seeking assistance with its program for energy efficient refrigeration system operations and maintenance practices.

The organization seeks a contractor to collaborate on its  Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist initiative.

The program strives to create a market for industrial refrigeration professionals and generate cost-effective energy savings in the Northwest.  Industrial scale refrigeration and cold storage operations account for almost 10 percent of the electricity used by industrials in the Northwest, according to NEEA.

The winning bidder will help with market channel development, provide technical assistance, coordinate stakeholders, collect and analyze data and assist with administration and support.

The request for proposals (RFP)  encourages companies or teams to respond. They should have experience in industrial energy efficiency, the refrigeration and cold-storage industry, utility incentive programs, and project administration.

NEEA will weigh bids based on:

  • Responsiveness to the RFP and demonstrated understanding of the issues surrounding the project
  • The thoughtfulness and appropriateness of the proposed methodology used to accomplish the desired results of the project.
  • The experience and qualifications of the individuals who will execute and manage the project. (Note: Proposed staffing is a significant factor.)
  • The experience of the firm or team of firms making the proposal
  • The capability to execute the plan, including past experience and aptitude for collaboration
  • The cost of the contract as time & materials on a not-to-exceed basis

An intent to respond is due March 9; proposals are due March 24. NEEA expects to choose finalists March 31 and the winner April 21.  Work is expected to start in June.

The RFP can be found on NEEA’s website. The contact for information is Warren Fish, 503-688-5402,

NEEA includes more than 140 Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations, working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers.

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